However, not every state has incentive programs like that, so you
are often at the mercy of what your local or state government has
passed. Even if there aren’t robust incentive programs, your state
might provide loans for lighting improvements.
One common method that state legislatures have pushed around
the country are Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.
These programs help property owners pay for upgrades to clean
and efficient technologies through property tax assessments that
local governments can finance. According to PACENation, a non-
profit organization that advocates for PACE financing, 32 states and
the District of Columbia have PACE-enabling legislation. To learn
more about PACE programs, visit www.energy.gov/eere/slsc/
The process of finding incentive programs for your lighting
upgrade project can be frustrating because of the ever-changing
nature of financial programs and their inconsistency based on
location. However, detailed project planning and a diligent over-
view of appropriate agencies, departments and databases are the
most effective actions you can take.
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programs, the incentives cover lighting as one
category out of many in
making buildings more
energy-efficient and are
broader in scope.
For example, at
Laboratory (ANL), a
Department of Energy
lab located near Chicago,
five buildings needed
lighting upgrades, and
the Illinois Department
of Commerce &
provided incentives cov-
ering nearly 30% of the
project, which added up
to just under $50,000. The project saves ANL $39,000 in ener-
gy usage each year, and the incentives reduced the payback
period from 4. 4 years to 3 years.
Another resource that tracks updates to
information on incentives and rebates is
Open Energy Information, a wiki where
users can add and edit analysis on renewable energy and energy efficiency. One particularly helpful section of the site is its list
of lighting incentives, which currently provides information for over 1,000 programs.
Like the list of lighting incentives, you
can find incentive programs for daylight-
Open Energy Information – Lighting and Daylighting
your specific location. Nevertheless, the
site includes a vast number of programs, so
even if your state doesn’t have provisions
for lighting or daylighting upgrades, that
does not mean your municipal government
won’t have something.
Learn more about available lighting
upgrade incentives and rebates in your area
ing with OpenEI. Available programs for
daylighting are almost exclusively limited to
agers save with high-efficiency inte-
rior lighting solutions. In addition to
supplying participants with a number
of resources like specifications, case
studies and educational webinars, ILC
also supports facility managers with
utility incentive lists.
The program’s current focus is on
troffer lighting, and it intends to document as many eligible upgrades to
high-efficiency troffer systems as possible. Moreover, ILC has established technical requirements for these lighting systems. Its efforts
are expected to lead to a collective $13 million annual savings in electricity costs for participants.
Learn more about ILC at www.interiorlightingcampaign.org.
Outside of providing strict rebates and financing solutions, the
Department of Energy’s Better Buildings initiative runs the Interior
Lighting Campaign (ILC), a guidance program to help facility man-
Interior Lighting Campaign
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PACE programs by